Danny Welbeck’s love for Manchester United goes far deeper than your average player.
He has worked hard to get into the position he currently finds himself and in a really insightful interview with ManUtd.com, Welbeck explained how much it means to him to play for United.
He said: “Yeah, I’m a local lad and a fan myself, not just a player in the team. It hurts. It hurts a lot when I see that United aren’t doing as well as we know we can. I feel that extra passion inside me and I want to do everything I can for my team, my team-mates and the club I support because Manchester United means so much.”
This season, Welbeck has transformed himself into a great target man as he has been given the opportunity to play in his preferred position in Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney‘s absence, rather than out on the wing. It has allowed him to flourish.
He is in a rich vein of form with six goals in his last six Premier League appearances and he will be crucial against Chelsea on Sunday, where he will go in with real confidence thanks to his hot streak.
He continued: “I always knew that if I had the opportunity to play up front that I would be getting into scoring positions more regularly and I would score goals. That’s what I’ve done since I was a kid.
“It hurts a lot when I see that United aren’t doing as well as we know we can.”
“But, previously, I was playing on the wing and you’re not going to get into the same positions to score goals. I’ve seen people say, ‘Oh, he must have been working hard on his finishing in the last few weeks’, but that’s not the case. I’ve done what I’ve always done but I think it’s about opportunities.
“It’s difficult to get the chances from the wing. But, to be honest, I’d rather I had no goals against my name this season and we were top of the league. I’m just trying to do my best for the team.”
After last season, Welbeck was on the wrong end of some severe criticism about his credentials as a striker but you could never fault him on both his commitment and passion for the club. He’s United through and through, and that means a lot.
Ahead of the World Cup, Welbeck is delivering for United and he needs to continue that against Chelsea in the likely absence of Rooney and Van Persie again. I’ve had my doubts about whether Welbeck could fill the role of a striker in the long term but am happily eating my humble pie this season.
One thing is for sure – Welbz is dat guy.